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To: SunkenCiv

Once you’ve got houses nd donkeys, why bother with zebras? Once you can have sirloin and rack of lamb, why bother with wildebeest? The success of domestication creates its own limits. It works so well, we don’t need additional grain, fruits, vegetables or meats.


4 posted on 04/23/2014 11:31:15 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: muir_redwoods

Houses s/b horses


5 posted on 04/23/2014 11:32:00 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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Yup, once a role is filled adequately why bother taking the time to develop a completely redundant capability from scratch with a different species? Especially when that other species may lack the capabilities of the one it is redundant to.

Raccoons seek out human settlements for food as well. But theycare decidely lacking in many areas to both dogs and cats, which are very much multi-mission tools.


12 posted on 04/23/2014 12:04:20 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: muir_redwoods

Different species available in different places are one constraint; availability of that species through trade and migration is another constraint. Whatever was the least trouble, or, whomever was best *at* doing it, was yet another constraint.


18 posted on 04/23/2014 1:23:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: muir_redwoods
Once you’ve got houses nd donkeys, why bother with zebras?

There are places where horses cannot do well because of the native pests, which do not affect zebras.
34 posted on 04/23/2014 4:31:01 PM PDT by Nepeta
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Once you’ve got houses nd donkeys, why bother with zebras?

Hard to disagree with that. I'd much rather live in a house than a zebra :).

37 posted on 04/23/2014 8:41:27 PM PDT by MCH
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